Sunday, 17 April 2011

Garden Wildlife

Spent the whole day in our French garden distributing the soil we collected yesterday.

There is always so much to see and it is worth keeping a look out for interesting insects.  Today on our flowering hedge I encountered a very splendid green beetle.  It was apparently taking nectar and
I have seen these before but I have no idea what it is.  Any ideas?

I sat down for a rest on a seat and within minutes this splendid male Common Redstart appeared and began feeding from a perch in the Pyracantha hedge.  Other migrants today included a White Wagtail, Sparrowhawk and a female Montagu's Harrier.  Our resident Short-toed Eagles were also overhead calling during the morning.

After lunch it became quite warm (23 degrees) and I noted a bit of Ocellated Lizard activity.  These large creatures seem to like my drainage pipes and every one has droppings at its entrance.  I watched three in all including this one the size of a rat and I wondered how he squeezed down the pipe.

With the work now done for a while I intend to go back to the marsh at Capestang tomorrow to see how things might have changed.

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